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Off the Beaten Path: Wall Street to Startup Investor – A Fireside Chat with Me!

Who is “Pankaj Jain” besides being the founder of Invest Stream and Founder Craft What came before? 

If you’ve followed my erratic writing over the years, you might have some idea. I’ve been a risk manager at the largest hedge fund in the world, Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM), operator, product manager, entrepreneur, community builder at BarCamp Delhi, co-founder of HeadStart Network Foundation and Startup Weekend India

I’ve been a venture capitalist at TLabs and 500 Startups, advisor to startups, funds and platforms like AngelList India and most recently, a dabbler in startup and venture capital related video content

My friend and former colleague, Ritesh Bansal, suggested interviewing me on the show to bring out more about who I am and what my journey has been. Naturally, I couldn’t refuse an invitation to be on my own show. Get ready for a frank and open discussion between an old friend and I. This is going to be Ritesh’s first time being visible on any social media channel, so please be gentle with him. It’s an #AMA so feel free to ask me anything.

I’m looking forward to seeing you for the AMA-style chat on July 28th, 2020 at 9:30am PDT / 12:30pm EDT and 10:00pm IST. If you’d like to RSVP and have a calendar invite, click the button. Otherwise, head over to YouTube with your questions.

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Angel Investing in Indian Startups 2020

Angel investing in Indian startups has been growing rapidly over the last 5 years. The risk capital these individuals, family offices and angel networks provide, has been invaluable to countless startups in India.

However, with the COViD-19 lockdowns across the globe, startups have faced immense pressure from existing investors, primarily, because many expect the pace of new investments and the amount of money being raised as well as the valuations the money is being raised at to fall, perhaps for quite some time.

In this week’s InvestStream Live, we are going to talk with Miten Sampat, Chief Strategy Officer at Times Internet (the largest media company in India) and Sonali Thapar, Director of TCAP Investments, a family office based in India.

Miten has been an active angel investor in the US and India for many years as well as being an active corporate VC at Times.

Sonali is responsible for managing the investment portfolio of TCAP. In addition to investing in startups, TCAP also invests in real estate, debt and equity.

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Why should founders update [all of] their investors regularly?


VCs and angel investors take risks when they invest money into a startup. Most VCs (but not all) get access to updates through “information rights”, at least until a certain point in time. However, angels don’t always have a legal right to updates about how a company is doing.

On this episode of InvestStream, the founders or Workomo and PaperStreet are going to join Pankaj to discuss how and why it’s in the founders’ best interests to keep all of their investors regularly updated about what’s happening with the startup they invested in (with all of the good, bad and ugly).

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The Raise: How To Raise In This Economy?


As the quarantine continues across the United States and many parts of the world, economic prospects remain uncertain and many founders find themselves wondering about the outlook for closing the funding they need.

Joining us are the founders of startups in Denver to discuss fundraising in these times and understand what you need to do differently.

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FinTech is eating the world


In this online panel, we’re going to discuss the changing meaning of FinTech and how that introduces new opportunities as well as challenges to starting up. We will have an introduction by Dharti Desai, the President of TiE New York and then our panel will dive into the opportunities and challenges that young startups are finding as what constitutes, “FinTech” keeps changing.

Our Panelists are:
Dani Pascarella, Co-Founder of Invibed
Pravin Rajan, Founder of

Moderated by:
Pankaj Jain, Crafter at Founder Craft